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Minister Fights Violence

Minister Fights Violence
November 08
16:38 2014

Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar, says her ministry will be recognising the 16 days of campaign for non-violence against women around Fiji.

She said this during the first consultative meeting at the Holiday Inn Suva on guidelines for health care workers on responding to violence against women.

She quoted some findings from the ‘Somebody’s Life, Everybody’s Business’ study.

“The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre’s (FWCC) National Violence against Women prevalence study published in Fiji in 2013 revealed that the rates of violence against women and girls are among the very highest in the world.

“Sixty four per cent of women who have ever been in an intimate relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a husband or intimate partner in their lifetime.

“Twenty four per cent are suffering from physical or sexual partner violence today,” Mrs Bhatnagar said.

“Overall, 72 per cent of ever-partnered women experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence from their husband/partner in their lifetime, and many suffered from all three forms of abuse simultaneously. (FWCC, 2013),”she said.

She said developing medical guidelines and action plans to address violence against women and child protection through the health system is not just a challenging one but an important one.

The acting national advisor on family health, Dr Rachael Devi, said the guideline will help empower Fiji’s health workers.

“This guideline will help to ensure that anyone faced with violence is assisted effectively.”

The guideline is set to be launched by the end of this month.

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